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DS x 2 = 3DS

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I know the math seems a little faulty, but it turns out that the 3DS has reached quite a milestone, selling twice as many units in its first year of existence as the old Nintendo DS.

"Nintendo 3DS closes its first year with a lengthy list of accomplishments but we're still just scratching the surface," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "With a massive lineup of first- and third-party games and more on the way, a budding library of entertainment options and an engaged and growing installed base, Nintendo 3DS has an incredibly bright future. We're just getting started but this platform is built for the long haul."

In its first 12 months, the DS sold 2.3 million units, but the 3DS has trumped that by moving 4.5 million. Nintendo also reports that there have been 100+ software titles released in the first year of the 3DS compared to the 58 for the DS in the same time period. I don't feel like I've seen a hundred different games on store shelves, but apparently that doesn't include the 500 downloadable titles. Maybe they're including DS releases since you can technically play those on your 3DS?

That still doesn't detract from the fact that the 3DS, despite its weak start, has made quite an impression on gamers, and looks to be here to stay. Which is great, because I'm sick of hearing people talking about how handheld systems are on their way out because everyone's gaming on their phones and tablets now. Some of us like joysticks and physical buttons, don't ya know!

5 Comments

Nexus said:

Still don't actually own any 3DS games though.

I mean, I'll buy RE: Revelation eventually. But as I haven't actually played RE4 or RE5 yet, I'm in no hurry.

There's just no must buy 3DS game out there yet IMO. Which is really just wrong.

jmerriex said:

I love my 3DS... I mean literally. I'm the reason why Republican'ts are afraid of the gay marriage "slippery slope".

Joking aside, I do tend to game a lot on my 3DS. Several co-workers have them which makes boring meetings fun. I can't wait for some of the releases this year.

Last year had some good stuff too, though mostly at launch. Street Fighter was good as was Zelda:OOT and Mario Kart. I'm really excited for Kid Icarus though!

JTSpende said:

100+ titles? Whaaat? The 3DS section at both of the game stores in the area is still, like, a sparsely stocked single shelf. Is there, like, a fuckton of Japan-only games that didn't get released here?

I've been totally ready to buy a 3DS the moment a single game comes out that I'm interested in. One.

Still waiting.

Azuremage said:

If Mario 3d Land isn't a must have title I have a feeling you're not going to find it worth buying a 3ds because imo that's definitely a must have title if you already own one. I haven't played a better handheld game in a long time.

The only genre that doesn't have an amazing title on the 3ds right now is a shooter, and well that's what Vita and Unit 13 are for lol

Nexus said:

Oh? And what RPGs are out on the 3DS?
And I mean proper new RPGs. Not freakin' dozens upon dozens of re-releases like Devil Summoner: Overclocked and Tales of the Abyss that I already have on other systems.

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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